What if God who loves you and me so very much, wanted to give us the perfect gift? What if He was willing to pay any price, to do whatever it took, to give us the most fulfilling, the most wonderful, and the most incredible gift of all time? What would that gift look like? Well, a surface answer would be money…stuff, things. Simply meet all my needs and wants with stuff. That’s how a materialistic world would answer the question. Or maybe fun would be the best present. A cool toy, one that would be so much fun we could play with it for years and years and have a blast. That’s how a hedonistic world would answer. But most of us are much less shallow than that. We know that God would give something of a deeper gift, something that would reach further into our souls.
Going deeper then, I think God might give something like wisdom. Good council, advice, for all the storms, difficulties and trials of life, and for making through like the best way passable. God would give us council.
Or how about strength and power to make it through the tough times? The reality is that you and I don’t have the necessary strength to endure what life throws at us or to be all that we are meant to be in this life! God would give us strength.
Or what about a perfect family? All of us have grown up in imperfect families, in families with dysfunction of some sort, and we face the problems that come with that. We struggle with identity and purpose, with security, maybe if God could give us the perfect gift, He would give us a family where we would renew our sense of those things.
Better yet, God would give us peace, He knows the stress, and tension, and battles we all face. If God could give us one great gift He would surely give us the gift of tranquility and peace.
Actually, God gave us a gift that reveals an amazing love and a knowledge of what we need that is so much greater than our own. God offers us the most expensive and the most wonderful gift He possibly could. Instead of giving us council and advice, He gave us Himself…a Wonderful Counselor. Instead of giving us strength and power, He gave us Himself… our Mighty God. Instead of providing us with a perfect family where we could find identity, and security and destiny He gave us Himself…our Everlasting Father. And instead of giving us peace and tranquility He gave us Himself…the Prince of Peace.
"For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given...And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."